Vice President Osinbajo confronts Tinubu declares to run for President in 2023

After a along wait and intrigues, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday ,April 11, 2022 formally declared his intention to run for President in 2023 under the All Progressive Congress (APC).

He chooses not to disappoint or ignore thousands of supporters mainly members of the ruling party including Nasarawa State governor who have being campaigning for him and urging him to contest 2023 general election. 

Before now,  their calls have gathered momentum amidst criticism that Osinbajo joining the race would betray his political god father Bola Ahmed Tinubu who has since declared his intention to run for president in 2023.

 But undeterred about the bad blood his action would generate in view of his political god father’s ambition, who in 2014 single handedly sponsored his  nomination as Vice Presidential candidate,  Osinbajo made his intention known in a television broadcast.

His declaration puts him in direct confrontation with his former boss in Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who signalled his intention earlier in the year to run under APC.

Osinbajo said in his declaration;“I am today, with utmost humility, formally declaring my intention to run for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the platform of our great party, the All Progressives Congress.”

His declaration ends months of speculation over his interest in the 2023 presidential race and widens the pool of candidates for the position.

In his declaration speech, Osinbajo said he was committed to continuing President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision for the country.

“If by the grace of God and the will of the people, I am given the opportunity, then I believe that first, we must complete what we have started, radically transforming our security and intelligence architecture.” 

He said, “completing the reforms of our justice system; focusing on adequate remuneration and welfare of judicial personnel and ensuring justice for all and the observants of the rule of law; rapidly advancing our infrastructure development, especially power, roads, railways, and broadband connectivity.”

“Providing an excellent environment for businesses to thrive, taking the agriculture revolution to the next level, especially mechanisation and developing the farm-to-table value chain; making sure that the government, its agencies, and regulators, serve the business community, creating a tech economy that will provide jobs for millions of young Nigerians; enhancing our social investment programme, to a full-scale social welfare program.”

The Vice President said he would also complete President Buhari’s promise of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty by 2030.

He vowed to reform the educational system for relevance in the 21st century and ensure universal health coverage for all while strengthening the capacity of states and local governments to deliver on their respective mandates.

“Above all, front and centre of our efforts will be the provision  of jobs and opportunities for our young people,” he said.
“I now must solemnly and respectfully seek the support of fellow Nigerians everywhere in this land and the Diaspora, young and old, male and female, in the great and exciting journey that we have ahead of us, seek your own support. 

“We will, working together, establish by the grace of God, the Nigeria of our dreams in a few short years. We will build on the foundation laid by our predecessors; we will need to move with much speed, intentionality, and perseverance towards the vision of a prosperous, stable, and secure nation.